Oh my goodness! I am so sorry. I thought I had scheduled today’s post ahead of time because I knew I was going to be on the go today. So when I finally checked my emails I was a little surprised to see that I did not get one telling me that my post had been published. I checked, it isn’t even there. I suppose that’s what I get for trying to do it from my phone.
Anyway, I decided to do a review this month. I’ve been making myself read Christmas stories so I can take a mental break from my own writing and illustrations that I have been working on. It has been absolutely wonderful to be able to unwind at 2 in the morning with a good book and drift off to sleep with it. The latest book is actually one I had read once before. Nowhere For Christmas by Heather Gray. This book was even better the second time around!
Heather Gray writes some of the best faith based books I have read. I love that God is a huge part of the lives of her characters. I also enjoy the realism of her characters. I truly felt like I got to know Avery, Eli and Gavin while they were on their road trip.
Avery is a journalist who just happens to be a single mother who is very devoted to her son. She has done her best to raise him with humor, to be both mom and dad to him and to always be there for him. When she is told that she has to go to Nowhere, Oklahoma on assignment AND she has to be there ON Christmas she is concerned that her teenage son, Eli will be disappointed about not being able to go on the ski trip that was planned. On top of having to cancel their plans, she is told that they will be traveling with a photographer whom she has never met. Avery is such a great character. I enjoyed her sense of humor and her banter with her son. They have a great relationship, she is always trying to protect him. Not only because she loves him but also because his father never wanted a thing to do with him; it is hard for a mother to see her child have to deal with that growing up.
Gavin is the mysterious photojournalist who simply disappeared from his career for awhile before coming to work for the newspaper. This is the kind of guy that I think anyone could develop a crush on. He is a true gentleman. This is the first Christmas where he would have been alone until he was told to go to Nowhere with Avery and Eli.
The road trip had me laughing. How many disasters can happen on one road trip? First, they get a junker of a rental car, food poisoning, a flat tire, and the list goes on. All through the many disasters of this trip the three main characters grow closer to each other. The people they meet along the way are incredibly well developed even though they are in the story for brief appearances.
I think you can see why this story was one that I felt I needed to read again. I’m sure I will probably read it in the future as well. It’s such a wonderful read to enjoy during the Christmas season.
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Do you have any Christmas road trip adventures to share?